This is a more challenging trek with vast views of the coastline.
PORTOVENERE lies out of the vincinity of Cinque Terre with breathtaking views of the coastline and the mountain ridge. This trek is more challenging with some rock-climbing, but managable for most people.
• This trek is for experienced hikers, and departs from Riomaggiore, passing uphill through vineyards and by old rusticos on the climb to Santuario. From this mountain-top church, there is a clear view of the villages below and a sweeping panorama of the sea and a view down to the trek's final destination.
• Small paths leading away from Santuario reach elevations of almost 500 meters above the sea, and on and off a road leading along the ridge and through the forest.
• The final hike down to Portovenere leads participants beside the historic Doria Castle, with views of the St. Peter's church out on the rocky point, and the nearby cove with Lord Byron's Grotto.
• This hike takes 6-7 hours and allows plenty of time to explore Portovenere, its shops and its stunning views. The trek ends with a boat ride back to Riomaggiore and views of the trails just hiked from a vantage point on the sea.